Archives for April 2016

Mother’s Day 2016 gifts: The Choice, Mars…with Venus Rising, BeautyBox5

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Lucky us, we have another whole week before Mother’s Day. That means if you think quick, you just might have a gift wrapped and ready before your mom even suspects anything!  Here are some sure-to-please gift ideas.

Ready for another heart-slash-cuddle-inspiring story as only Nicholas Sparks can deliver?  Get mom The Choice paperback, and tell her that you’ll see the movie together.

The Choice on Blu-ray and DVD May 3 [Read more…]

The Inheritance by Michael Phillips – book review #LitfuseReads

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The Inheritance
As we enter the world of The Inheritance, we’re transformed by the historic connections of the story. This novel spans several decades and geographic locales. Its format is unusual, because it has a horde of one- and two-page chapters. This made the writing feel choppy and stunted.  However, there’s a helpful family tree at the front of the book to make things a bit easier to keep up with. [Read more…]

Join Becky Wade for a Facebook Party May 5

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Becky Wade’s books are always sweet as sugar.  I always check the mail with anticipation when one is coming, because I know it’s one that I can pass on to my sister and grandmother.  Are you looking forward to another one? Stay tuned for Her One and Only, releasing May 3!  Her One and Only, book four in Becky Wade’s Porter Family novels, is already receiving a lot of buzz. A female bodyguard plus her star NFL client plus danger equals a great recipe for romance! To celebrate, Becky is hosting an author chat party on her Facebook page on May 5 at 5 PM PDT/8 PM EDT. Join Becky for an evening of book chat with other bookworms and prizes.

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An Appalachian transplant’s list of books

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If you’ve visited Appalachia, you know the way that the mountains whisper. The mist steals into your soul, and won’t let go until you return. I moved to this area in 1993 and it became my home. My babies were born here; they’re Tennessee natives now. On weekends we enjoy hiking in the hills, and playing in the creeks that abound in this beautiful countryside. The local sights of nature are incredible. For example, one spring evening I saw this triple rainbow above the mountains — it was spectacular, and my cell phone photo does not do it justice!

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Iced coffee can earn you free Amazon gift codes!

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A Dream of Miracles by Ruth Reid – book tour review #LitfuseReads

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Dream of Miracles

The cover of this book is pretty enough to hang on the wall, isn’t it?  The wonder-filled gaze of Mattie, the story’s main character, belies a simple Amish romance.  A Dream of Miracles is anything but simple!  [Read more…]

Song of Silence by Cynthia Ruchti book review

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Song of Silence

Here’s another homerun from Cynthia Ruchti!  One of my favorite authors, Ruchti takes everyday characters and turns them into real people we can relate to.  In the book Song of Silence, she creates a spectacular story around a passed-up music teacher and her husband. [Read more…]

It’s gifting season. What’s in your gift bags? #GrouponCoupons #ad

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April showers bring spring…gifts.  ?!?!  That’s now how the rhyme goes, but that’s how my LIFE goes!  April starts the gift season at our house.  We have both kids’ birthdays in the same week.  Our anniversary is in May, plus there’s Mother’s Day.  June brings Father’s Day and my birthday.  Not to mention all the baby showers, graduations, and weddings that start cropping up in spring!  If you’re in the same boat, we feel your pain.  What’s in your gift bags?  Let Groupon Coupons help!

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Make Family Church Service a Little Bit Easier With An Activity Bag

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Generally, we prefer to attend our church’s early service instead of the later one. We find that it better suits our morning routine, and allows us to enjoy a quiet Sunday more fully.  The downfall is that there are no children’s programs during the early service because few children attend at that time.  Many churches opt for a “Family Service” where the whole family, kids and all, sit together to worship.  The music and special events make that time more of an entertainment hour for kids. However, when it comes to listening to a sermon, little ones may have a tough time sitting quietly.  I remembered that my grandmother used to take a tote bag filled with inexpensive items and toys to keep us happy during a long service.  I decided to try the same thing. Here’s what I put inside my bag! [Read more…]

Little Girls Wish For Lily Nily Jewelry #WishfulThinking

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Getting dressed up, and looking like a pretty lady, is a special part of childhood.  Little girls love to have their own jewelry! If your little lady tries on your jewelry all the time, why not get her something of her very own? Lily Nily offers grown-up style, using materials that are kid-friendly.  One lucky reader will even win a $50 gift code! [Read more…]